In The Well-Educated Mind Susan Wise Bauer lists some general questions to consider for each piece of fiction. These are the questions we make our way through when we gather together at the end of each novel. SWB doesn’t answer the questions for each of the 30 pieces of fiction on her list, but she does give some examples pulling from random pieces.
She chose P&P as one of her examples for the following Logic Stage Question:
What does the central character want? What is standing in his (or her) way? And what strategy does he (or she) pursue in order to overcome this block?
Before I spill the beans and give SWB’s answer to this question I’d like you to give it some thought. Here’s the reworded question:
What does Elizabeth Bennet want? What is standing in her way?
Have you got your answers? Great – give them to us in the comments. Amy has done a little polling on this subject for me as well, so tomorrow I will combine all the results and post them for discussion. Then I will tell you what SWB thinks.
I will say this much: So far, no one has answered the same as our revered guide.